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You Don’t Need to Exhaust Yourself to Stay Fit

written by Guest Blogger July 27, 2013

How would you like to get healthier and lose weight without much investment of either time or money? That’s what Stephanie from houstonnanny.com suggests in today’s post. Check out her 4 cheap and manageable ideas to try for yourself!

There are many ways you can keep yourself from becoming lethargic and obese. The key to any diet or exercise isn’t the amount of weight you can throw around or how many miles you can jog. It’s all about continuous bodily movement. While weights can help develop muscle mass and make you stronger, keeping yourself active will burn excess calories whether you are toting around a 40 pound ball or not.

  1. Housework – If you concentrate on housework as more of an exercise rather than a chore, it may not seem all that bad. Whether you are doing dishes, laundry, or cleaning the shower, it’s the constant movement you’re after. Even if you clean for just 20 minutes per day by yourself, you can easily burn most of the calories you consume. Of course, this may also depend on your version of cleaning. Sitting on the couch watching television while folding socks isn’t going to burn much. Actively scrubbing your shower will tear through calories much quicker. Not only will housework help you exercise, you can be proud to have company over without the embarrassment of a messy domicile.
  2. Yard Work – Depending on the size of your yard and the amount of care you need to put into it, yard work can be very beneficial to your overall health. Aside from the fact that you are going outside from some of that fresh air, depending on your location, you are putting an effort into making your home look like something you could be proud of. If you’re really feeling energetic or ambitious, why not start constructing that miniature waterfall or natural pond you want? There are so many ideas for yard accouterments that you can build virtually anything you want. If you do most of the work yourself, you keep active and save money at the same time. Again, 20 minutes per day spent in your yard actively working can make a great impact on your health.
  3. Eating Better – Obviously, one of the most important parts to keeping fit is by eating better and drinking more water. Even cutting out small things like using milk in your coffee instead of cream could help you shed several pounds over a week’s time. Eat more berries if you have a sweet tooth. Instead of snacking on a can of Pringles, use the same amount of money on a bag of raw nuts. It’s OK to be snacky as long as you eat items that promote healthier living.
  4. Bike Rides – Instead of driving to the local store, grab your bike. Not only will this save gas, but it’s a great way to stay active. I was 22 before I owned a car and rode my bike everywhere – including work which was a 5 mile round trip. Never underestimate the value of a good mountain bike. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference you’ll feel just after a week of riding instead of driving.

Alterations to your lifestyle don’t have to be ultra-dramatic or expensive in order to keep or get fit. While some believe you need to “feel the burn” in order to stay healthy, keeping yourself active can actually do a great deal for your physical well-being. Don’t be suckered into capitalist views of needing the right gear to stay fit and healthy.

About the Author

Stephanie has many years of experience as a nanny. She has always loved children and has continuously been involved in childcare activities. Currently she is one of the writers for houstonnanny.com. If you want to get in touch with her, you can email her at stephanie. Houstonnanny @ gmail. com.

I’d just like to add that if you really put a lot of effort into housework and yard work, meaning that you use proper form when performing movements (e.g. squatting when pulling weeds), then you can burn even more calories! What do you do to keep fit that’s easy and cheap?

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